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Bounce Back

9:43 AM MST | January 29, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Chemical makers have returned to profit and volumes are starting to turn positive again, but a look at volume trends makes clear that recovery still has a long way to go. Double-digit volume gains year-over-year are being seen in Asia and Latin America, but North America and Europe are essentially flat to down compared to year-ago levels. DuPont reported that volumes were up 34% in Asia/Pacific, 4% in the U.S., and 1% in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific volumes now exceed pre-recession levels, reflecting very strong demand in China, Japan, Korea and...

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